Darren Lewis

Darren Lewis.jpgA lot has changed for me since I “found” Run for God. I wanted to become an instructor seven years ago because I was an avid runner and I had rededicated my life to serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When I taught my first class, I must have looked like the proverbial deer staring into headlights. I was scared beyond belief, lacked the self confidence to lead a bible study, and could not understand why someone (God) would push me into something I was ill-equipped to do (in my mind). But I listened, and I prayed, and I obeyed, and I persevered, and here I am 7 years later with a whole new perspective on life and my relationship with God.

Run for God has given me an entirely new perspective on running, the bible, and life. My life is no longer about pursuing for my own personal gains, but about eternal gains. And not just for me, but for a lost and dying world. You see, when I first started teaching this class I was going to teach a “running class” that had a little scripture sprinkled in. Run for God has allowed my faith to develop, grow, and flourish to the point where running has taken the back seat to sharing the gospel and helping others to develop and grow in their faith. As I like to say, I am no longer running FROM God, but rather running FOR God!

Molly Wade

Molly WadeWe live in a world where the pulls of a secular society are stronger than ever. Politics polarize, journalists spin, and opinions are loud. Although cultural decorum seems to be slipping away, there are a few constants: nature, health, and God. Run for God (RFG) is a program that focuses people’s attention on those constants and Christian virtues, all while energizing individuals in mind, body and spirit.

While our society and culture focus increasingly on looking at screens and expressing themselves via social media, RFG reminds people that the only audience that matters is the audience of One. For 12 weeks, people of all ages and ability levels follow a training program that strengthens them from the inside out. While their bodies become accustomed to running, their minds become accustomed to discernment, on figuring out the best way to live a meaningful life for Christ. Rather than dwelling on the time it takes to run a certain distance, participants learn to focus on the fact that they are running no matter the pace or the distance. The sense of accomplishment and pride is palpable to all spectators when a Run for God runner crosses the finish line on Race Day. But, more importantly, as they cross over the timing pad, these people realize that they are now superbly equipped to run the race of life with God alongside.  And that… is the greatest triumph.

Molly Wade – Madbury, New Hampshire

Rhonda Williams

Rhonda WilliamsRun for God is an amazing program lead by a dedicated team who are truly Holy Spirit inspired. I have been leading a Run for God group for over 4 years now and I have seen it transform the health and hearts of many people which inspired me to further my education and become an RRCA Certified Coach. Even more importantly, Run for God has inspired me to deepen my faith and focus on developing a more personal relationship with my Heavenly Father. My improved physical, mental and spiritual health came in handy recently when I had to undergo open-heart surgery for a congenital defect. It was a complex procedure so I had to travel to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City from our home in Alabama for the surgery. That was outside my comfort zone to say the least! But through Run for God I had learned to seek Him first and hear His voice more clearly and because of it, I was able to receive the guidance and peace I very much needed. My Run for God family was there to support me through it all. I don’t know what I would have done without them! They really took to heart the commandment to “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 and I am humbled and grateful.

The Run for God programs are well written and supported and improve the physical, mental and spiritual health of the participants while developing a special comradery. Many of my students return again and again and I know it’s not just because they love the sound of my voice! They get something special that you just can’t get through other running programs. One of my students recently started her own group on the other side of town. The two groups joined together to run an aid station at a local half marathon as a way to give back to our running community. At Run for God we learn just how deeply our Heavenly Father loves us and how to show that love to all those around us. Being a Run for God Instructor has been a tremendous blessing to me and I hope to continue to lead classes for many more years, as long as I am able.

Rhonda Williams – Huntsville, Alabama

Our Country Needs God

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

This morning I woke up to news that seems to be coming more and more common.  Another senseless shooting which took the lives of twelve individuals.  This time it was in Thousand Oaks, California.  The town immediately caught my attention as I knew that Run for God has a pretty strong presence there.  Was anyone I knew hurt?  Was anyone that our Instructors know injured?  So many thoughts raced through my mind this time because I actually knew someone in that town.  I lifted this community up in prayer during my quiet time this morning and sent a text to one of our Instructors on the ground letting them know that we were praying for them.

As I went through my day I began to think about how close this shooting hit to my home.  Yes, it happened 3000 miles away, but I actually knew someone in that particular town.  I began to think about where we are as a nation and as a society.  It seems as though we are as divided as you can get. But why?  Why are we so divided?  Why, when something like this happens do we all rally together for a day or two and then quickly run back to our political corners?  Republicans think Democrats are the problem and Democrats think Republicans are the problem.  It’s a never-ending circle that is splitting our nation in half.

Let’s take this tragedy for example.  I can tell you what will happen over the coming days and weeks.  One party will say we need more gun control while the other party will say they are just trying to take our guns.  The issue will turn white hot for a few days and then it will be forgotten within days? But why?  Because another divisive issue will come up and the party lines will once again be drawn.

Let me put this as plainly as I know how to put it. The problem with our nation and society is not a political problem. It’s not a gun problem. It’s not a red or blue problem. It IS a spiritual problem.  Our nation has turned it’s back on God.  It’s true.  As a nation, our identity was once based on God and the Bible.  At one time people knew you by where you went to church.  We bowed our heads in prayer before class at school.  Our children were taught right from wrong based on Christian Values and not based on what you’re rights are or what feels good.  There was a time that as a nation we based our identity on Jesus Christ.

This is truth.  I’m not a very smart guy, but you don’t have to be very smart to look back at the heritage of this country to see what set us apart from many other parts of the world.

2 Chronicles 7:14 was written thousands of years ago and yet wrings so true today.  Our land needs healing.  Gun control will not fix our problem.  More guns will not fix our problem.  More or less rights will not fix our problem.  More democrats or republicans will not fix our problem.  Only God Himself can fix the problem that we’ve gotten ourselves into, and He’s willing to do just that.  But He will only do that once certain conditions are met, and His Word is clear about what those conditions are.  Be humble, pray, seek God, and turn from our wicked ways.  It really is that simple.

Please don’t take this as some sort of political writing, it’s not!  Please don’t demonize me as not being non-inclusive.  Please don’t read into something that I’ve not written.  My message is simple, and it is that as a country we need God on our side.  We need to drop the political rhetoric and humble ourselves, we need to pray, we need to call evil for what it is, and we need to seek God’s face.

The instructor that I texted this morning reached back out to me this evening. It was a message that made my heart sink. She told me that two of the young men who were viciously gunned down last night were family friends; in fact one had just left her office hours before.

Please join me in praying for our country. Please join me in praying for revival. Pray that while we desire worldwide revival, we understand that it needs to start with the person looking back at us in the mirror.

Go up and tell someone who has a different political view that you love them.  I’m serious. If we all did that one thing, we’d be a better country.  Love always wins.

1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now abide in faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love”

Friends, I love you.  But more importantly, God loves you.  Now go tell someone about Jesus today.

Mitchell